Event Appearance at Johns Hopkins University

by mgopin on September 16, 2014 · 0 comments

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This morning, I was privileged to talk at an great event of SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, as one of the speakers.
Please check out the website and the video of this whole event.

“IS THE WORLD FALLING APART?”
September 16, 2014
Conflict Prevention & Resolution Forum
at Kennedy Auditorium, SAIS- Johns Hopkins University

 
Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 4.00.49 PM

 

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Of Gods, Tribes, and Battles

by mgopin on September 16, 2014 · 0 comments

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GOD
If you cannot find God,
Find the persecuted,
Then you are home.

TRIBE
Tribalism is an infectious disease
Human rights is the antidote
But force feeding can kill the patient

BATTLES
Some battles that you want to win,
Will defeat you if you win.
Some battles if you lose,
Then you will win.
Think.
Blessed be reason.

hug

 

(Photo: A Different Angle)

 

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Manhood

by mgopin on September 12, 2014 · 0 comments

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manhood
Who is a real man?
He who turns an enemy
Into a friend.

Who is a real man?
He who conquers
His worst impulses.

Who is a real man?
He who takes the blows,
For innocents in harm’s way.

Who is a real man?
He who stands up to anyone,
Especially his own tribe,
In defense of the defenseless.

Who is a real man?
He who willfully withholds,
His strong fist.

Who is a real man?
He who admits
His sins.

DNA Poker Player!
Please create such men,
And dispense with us Neanderthals.

 

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Encyclopedia Humanica

by mgopin on September 11, 2014 · 0 comments

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Water- encyclopedia humanica
Every human being,
Is a walking encyclopedia,
Infinite indigenous knowledge,
Of local realities,
That no one,
Will ever,
Fully know.
Why do we walk past?
We are discoverers,
Above all else,
We wander,
To the farthest reaches,
Of the earth.
Why do we walk past?
Melville, Conrad,
Escaped to the high seas,
To discover the world.
But the boat,
It contained infinite depths,
Even deeper than the sea,
That anyone dared ever discover.
The journey to the strange other,
The darkest, most dangerous,
Most joyous,
Adventure.

 

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This is very important in the ISIS issue.

International New York Time, Escaping Death in Northern Iraq

Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi soldier and a Shiite, was captured with hundreds of other soldiers by Sunni militants in June and taken to the grounds of a palace complex in Tikrit where Saddam Hussein once lived.

“I saw my daughter in my mind, saying, ‘Father, father,’ ” he said.
He felt a bullet pass by his head, and fell forward into the freshly dug trench.
“I just pretended to be shot,” he said.
A few moments later, Mr. Kadhim said, one of the killers walked among the bodies and saw that one man who had been shot was still breathing.

…The story of the massacre tells as much about the woeful state of the Iraqi military, a force created and trained by the United States at a cost of billions of dollars, as it does about the cruelty of ISIS.

To read the whole article, please click here.

 

 

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Thoughts on Our War World

by mgopin on September 8, 2014 · 0 comments

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Issac

STARVING COSMOS 

How can we listen to sad love songs,
When there are so many starving for love?
Who the hell do we think we are?
What rights for pity do we think we have,
When outside our doorstep,
Is a cosmos of love-starved beings?

COSMIC ANNIHILATION CREATION

We, we are the Higgs boson,
We are elusive,
Impossible to discover,
Yet everywhere.
[click to continue…]

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Reflecting on “Dancing”

by mgopin on September 7, 2014 · 0 comments

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I wrote this during the Gaza war. I think the theme of dance is very important, post-quantum physics way to understand the complex interaction of enemies, how they build on each other, and what it must teach us in reverse. I am amazed at how much of a dance enemies have, how much they depend on each other’s worst behaviors. We know this scientifically but it is hard to internalize as a definition of fluid reality. All our debates are as if enemies are fixed entities not evolving with each other. We warriors for peace still do not know how to really counteract that. We have tried the arts, we have tried tourism, we have tried commerce, but the dance of death is more frightening and compelling to the masses. Why did the young generation succeed in the 1960′s to create a real alternative that attracted the masses, but we have failed? Or have we? Is that the wrong question? Still searching.

DANCING

There is always a dance of life and a dance of death. The only question at each moment of history is which dance is more appealing.
Warriors for life must learn to out dance warriors for death, and the best way is to never ever dance alone.

(Original post is available from here.)

 

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Ask

by mgopin on September 4, 2014 · 0 comments

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AntakyaAsk why to be a child,
Ask what to be an adult.
Ask why to be confused,
Ask what for clarity.
Ask why to be passive
Ask what to be active.
Ask why to mourn,
Ask what to build.
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Defeated By Love

by mgopin on September 3, 2014 · 0 comments

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The sky was lit
by the splendor of the moon
So powerful
I fell to the ground
Your love
has made me sure
I am ready to forsake
this worldly life
and surrender
to the magnificence
of your Being

          -Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī (Poet, 1207-1273)

Rumi

 

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Law’s Absence

by mgopin on September 3, 2014 · 0 comments

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The beginning of law is the expectation of everything. The beginning of gratitude is the expectation of nothing. The dance of law and gratitude is sobriety. Punishment must be delayed, in order to live.

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